Allyson Sanchez

The winner of this year's poster contest is Allyson Sanchez, a recent graduate of Albert Einstein High School (AEHS). On Saturday, June 27, Allyson Sanchez was awarded the $300 prize for the winning design for the WAP2020 poster. Presenting her with the check was IHOP Wheaton manager, Yovani Mejia, on behalf of owner William Moore who is a lifelong Wheaton resident and founding WAP sponsor. Sanchez was joined at the presentation by her parents, brothers, and grandfather. Both Mejia and Moore also are AEHS graduates.

The contest was open to all Montgomery County high school and college students. After her design was selected, Allyson met with WAP designer Josue Martinez of Corinto Gallery to see how her artwork was being adapted for the poster, t-shirt and program. Contestants were asked to create a design that celebrates art and the fun-filled spirit of a parade and art festival. They also were encouraged to design a mascot that could represent Wheaton in 2020.

Allyson has been drawing since she was three years old and for most of her young life she was self taught and always had encouragement from her family. At AEHS she studied with Ms. Dustine Hayes who urged her to enter the contest. Ms. Hayes and AEHS are founding partners in the Wheaton Arts Parade, having created many amazing floats as well as exciting dance and musical performances. Allyson will attend Montgomery College in the fall where she intends to major in graphic design and animation and plans to transfer to Towson University.

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Wheaton Arts Parade is supported in part with funds from the Montgomery County Government, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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